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Applications accepted for Master Gardeners

Todd County Master Gardeners man the booth at the Todd County Fair. They include (left to right) Ken Hovet, Sharon Quale, Bonnie Alsleban and Wannetta Ehnes. (Contributed)

Do you like gardening?

How about working and communicating with other gardeners?

Check out the Todd County Master Gardeners Program. It's seeking more members.

This program is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension Service.

Classes will be conducted at University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum or online. University of Minnesota Extension specialists, regional Extension educators and other professional horticulturists will lead the classes.

Classes cover a wide range of home horticulture topics such as insect and plant disease control, fruits and vegetables, lawn management, home landscaping, trees and shrubs, indoor plants and soil management.

Any adult who is interested is encouraged to contact the Todd County Extension Office for an application. A fee of $320 is required for the 50 hours of classroom or online training. After the training, 50 hours of volunteer time is required for the first year. To continue as a Master Gardener, 25 hours of volunteer hours and five hours of continuing education is required each year.

The Todd County Master Gardeners will be offering a $150 Scholarship when the class and 50 volunteer hours are completed.

The deadline for applications to the Todd County Extension Office is Oct. 20.

For more information, contact the Todd County Extension Office at 320-732-4435 or the state office, mgweb@umn.edu or 612-625-1925.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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